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Pokemon life lesson: You can change; you're never stuck as who you are today.
This lesson is true for any pokemon who evolves, or even levels up really, but it's especially true for Feebas to Milotic. *JocelynCD makes the case here that the transformation from these two pokemon is especially similar to the transformation for a transgendered person (h/t :devfeare909).

I wanted to add my own take on it: these pokemon were introduced in Gen3, as was Deoxys, the DNA pokemon ('Deoxy"riboNucleic Acid). There is such a thing as the Mitotic phase in cell replication where the cell splits into two identical copies, possibly a reference to the two 'selves' that are both real and achievable by a trans person.

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masterswor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
i have pokemon diemond and no matter what i do i cant seem to evole my freebas to moilotic
any ideal's
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PizzaNinja7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
i'm pretty sure that azurill or something also can change its gender when it evolves.
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
:+fav: ... times infinityyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
I can't express how much this means to me!
I LOVE YOU~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
*blush* well... thank you! I wish you could give my infinity favourites, then I'd go show off to everybody :D
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Hehehe... I love this whole series of pictures. They mean a lot, but this one stood out.
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luvHarryStyles Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coooooooooooooooool :iconmiloticlaplz:
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No15-Nathax Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I personally love this since I'm a huge believer in being who you want to be no matter what other people say.
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hyena-spit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so touching.
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MiritCaspi Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like this.
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rockiecuff Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
cool.
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Hakudoushii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A) There are less offensive ways to phrase it.
B) A fantasy animal-esque fighting machine isn't transgender.
C) A transgender person doesn't have 'two selves', that's called DID.
D) Transgendered is incorrect phrasing.

inb4 'ur so meen i was tryin 2 help baw'
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TheSeptet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I'm not offended, but that could just be me. I WANT to change, to transverse this bridge between gender.
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GamerGuy100 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
me too but I have a penis to worry about
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Hakudoushii Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool, most transtrenders aren't offended by poor wording choices.
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ManicMoonMan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
hahahaha, you are the best hipster ever
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Hakudoushii Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And you're the coolest faggot ever.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't think that was mean at all, thank you for your opinion.
I thought that was as inoffensive as possible, if you want to tell me how you were offended I'll consider changing the wording?

I'm not.. transgendered, or whatever the 'correct phrasing' is, I went off what another transitional person had said and what two of my friends said; I went with the best information I could get. I'm sorry if it was offensive to you, that was my biggest worry :(
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TheSeptet Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Hakudoushii appears to have blocked me, so I'm going to say this here. Don't worry about them. They appear to be part of the social justice movement fighting against "transtrenders", which are allegedly people who transition for fun. I'm going to say this now, no one transitions unless they are some form of trans*. There are no "true trans*", nor are there transtrenders. Not wanting SRS does not keep you from being a "real" man or woman.

Hakudoushii, you need to pull the stick out of your ass and stop being rude to allies. If they're being bad allies, insensitive and rude, then fine. But people who care and are simply ignorant of the language surrounding the trans* community need to be given the benefit of the doubt. There are too many transphobes out there, we don't need to be poisoning people's perceptions by being jerks to them.

And for future reference, it's just transgender, as in "I am a transgender person". "Transgendered" would imply that someone made me transgender. You wouldn't say, "This is my friend, Bobby. He's gayed." would you?
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BetweenARock Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I made a deviantArt account so I could share my opinion on this.

As a trangender woman, I did not think this was offensive at all. Let me repeat: I did not think this was offensive at all. In fact, this is one of the most sensitive things I've seen about trans* issues from a non-trans person in a very long time. There are a lot of very confusing terms in the trans* community and I don't think it's fair to expect everyone to know those terms. I understand that you used the best resources you had and I applaud you for taking the time to actually learn a little bit.

Feebas to Milotic is a very power transformation and from the start, I saw it as a kind of parallel to my own transgender experiences. I do see myself as having two selves, but not like with DID at all. I see it as my "ugly" male body, and my new, beautiful "female" body. My two selves - male and female.

I think this was a very good. For such a sensitive subject, you did a very good job with this.


Oh, and to the original poster - yes, a "fantasy animal-esque fighting machine" CAN be transgender. One out of every three Azurill change from female to male upon evolving to Marrill.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for taking the time to create an account just to reply to that; it was a very important reply for me to here. Ever since that first post I've been wondering if I should take this one down - if it really was offensive. No one else had said otherwise, even though my friends and the user I got the idea from all approved. I'm glad you agree with it and even moreso that you identified with the Feebas->Milotic thing before even seeing this poster :D

I agree with you about the confusing terms. If it's not something you're involved in, it can be very hard to understand. I have Crohn's disease and we have some of those same issues, people don't know what you're feeling or sometimes what you're even talking about, unless it's a doctor or someone else with the disease.
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BetweenARock Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yes, of course. This is an amazing piece. Don't let one negative opinion make you take it down. There are so many positive reactions to this and there are always going to be people who try to tear you down, no matter who you are or what you try to say.

I definitely approve of this poster and I think you should keep it up for more people to see! I've always kept a Milotic around in all my games specifically because of how I feel about this. And Feebas-Milotic isn't just going from male-to-female. I see it as a representation of being "ugly" and "wrong" in your own eyes and as you transition, you see yourself as more beautiful.

I know most of the terms just because I am involved in the community. And I have to remind myself that when I'm talking to someone who isn't a part of that, they don't know all the terms, so I try to explain those when I'm talking. It's taken me several years to learn the terms I know, and there's still some I don't know. I try to be understanding and accepting of everyone and I truly want to help people understand what it feels like to be transgender and how they can be more accepting. Unless they're trying to make a transphobic joke, or intend to cause any sort of harm (physical or emotional) to a transgender person - I think that as long as you're making a conscious effort to be accepting and inclusive, you're off to a great start! ^_^

If you ever want to talk to me more about my transgenderism, just shoot me a note! I'd be glad to have someone to chat to about this.
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Joker-Hatter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This made my day!
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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Amberanime1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
YES, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, I did it just for you :)
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Amberanime1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
More like for two of my friends, but thank you one of them is a real fan of pokemon and he he abusuoutly loved this
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, I'm so glad :)
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Amberanime1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
:D thats good.
What made you want to make this
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my viewers sent me a link to the post explaining the idea, so that's where I got my message from, but...
what made me want to do it, is that I have two friends, one mtf and one who wants to be ftm, and I've watched them both really struggle with the image of 'themselves' and who they are. I wanted to let them, and everyone, know that it is possible to change :D
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Amberanime1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
:D THat makes me love it even more :)
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John-117x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Any chance of this one becoming a shirt? :3c
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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John-117x Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Awesome! Thanks! Now to wait till I get my paycheck. :P
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah! I'd have to take out the background to make it a shirt, so I wasn't sure people would want the 'torn-down' version, but I will put it up!
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Genevieve124 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   General Artist
There is always a choice.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes!
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Genevieve124 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   General Artist
I know from experience.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
If it's the experience I'm imagining, good for you! The people I know who've made the choice seem much more happy and comfortable for having done it.
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Feare909 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Artist
Ooh! I got another one! How about Cubone! See, Cubone's story is that it's the Lonely Pokemon, because it is born and raised without the love of its mother, and so it wears the skull of its mother on its head to keep her with it always. So, you could make one with the Cubone spite from FireRed/LeafGreen (as it is the one where it looks the most sad), and have the caption say: "You Are Never Alone".

Whaddya think?
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AngelInSilence Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cool is that!! :la:
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Feare909 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Artist
Hey, random idea; how about doing with with Magneton? You know, how at times, we may seem like a lonely magnet, not knowing who or what we'll be attracted to. And then, we meet other people, other people who share our ideals and feelings, and then we feel connected, not alone anymore, and that's what makes us stronger than we were before.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it, attraction and similarity and such... I'll see what I can come up with, thanks!
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Feare909 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Artist
No prob. I also thought of Magnezone. How the total unity just makes one bigger and stronger as a whole.
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Feare909 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Artist
Very well done.
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Brlim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Artist
Nice
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